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Not The Best Day But Still Caught A Couple

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Ugh! What a day! So I took my girlfriend fishing with me Thursday morning. We started out on a small bridge She likes crankbaits but is still learning and doesn't cast very accurately. So in about 30 minutes, she loses 2 KVD squarebills. I honestly don't even know how she managed it. If she was casting due north, the bait went due east. Like 90 degrees to where she was trying to cast and into the weedline surrounding the lake. I really gotta work with her on her accuracy. So I decide to go down the road to the dam. Its a more open area and less likely to end up snagged due to a bad cast. So i tie another squarebill on for her, get her set up in a good spot and move around the dam a bit to another spot. When I look back, shes walking across the road to the shallow creek on the other side. Fearing that shes going to be dragging the bottom and getting another crank snagged, I grab my stuff and run over there to tell her not to fish that bait in water that shallow. When I get to her, I see a Rapala crankbait just sitting there on the ground. Hooks really aren't even rusted. Ok. Free crankbait. The days starting to look a little better.

Nov. 15, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe Crankbait

So I tie a roostertail on each of our rods and we fish the creek. I hooked up a really fat rainbow trout and a small largemouth and she got a pickerel. Her second fish ever and she complained about it cuz it wasn't a bass. I tried to explain that catching something is better than nothing and that pickerel was a fun/good fighting fish. The thing was a real pain too cuz the hook was way back in its mouth and hooked on the top and bottom, essentially holding the mouth shut so I had myself a good old time trying to get the hook out. I mean, my pliers are only so long.

Nov. 15, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe

Nov. 15, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe (2)

Nov. 15, 2012   Lake Tuckahoe (3)

After she got her pickerel, she got the roostertail stuck in a tree. Broke it off and she says she wants to go back to the dam. So we go over to the dam again and I tie on some spinnerbaits. No luck there so after a while, she says lets go back to the creek for a while and call it a day. Back to the creek we go and the roostertail is just hanging there mocking me, laughing at me. So I start casting at it and actually get a direct hit. It drops in the water and the line tangles with my spinnerbait so I got my roostertail back. Thinking "this roostertail must be lucky", I tie it on and 3 casts later, its snagged on the bottom and broke off. Tired of losing expensive lures, I decide to go with a worm this time. Fished a bit longer with no luck and then my girlfriends spinnerbait ends up in the top of a tree. Not an overhanging branch. The top. Like 25 feet in the air. At this point, Ive had it. Im done. Broke it off, and headed for the car.

Now Ive found lures here the past couple of trips since Hurricane Sandy stirred everything up so Im really on the lookout and I spot what I could swear was a crankbait floating at the waters edge. Not even bothering to put my rod down I scramble down this steep 7 foot bank. Theres 5 feet of grass, then 2 feet of mud, then water. Nowhere to stand at the bottom. Next thing I know, Im knee deep in freezing water, smeared up to my waist with mud, and it turns out to be a freaking bobber. Needless to say I felt pretty stupid. And its not even like I was able to get right back out. It was muddy and steep and I was still holding my rod so I only had the use of one hand. Id get 3 feet up and kept sliding back down. At least my girlfriend got a good laugh out of it and kept laughing all the way home.

To sum it all up, about $20 worth of lures lost, $6 worth of lures found, 1 trout for dinner, and I got to go for a swim. Ive definitly had better days.

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All the lost baits and the unintentional swimming aside, I actually did. We both work 6 days a week and don't really get to spend as much time together as we'd like so its nice when we both get the same day off and get to go out and do something.

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